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Where’s our Winter? We got no snow, no ice, no frost, only uninspiring grey and rain.. Here’s a picture I took one year ago, when we had a proper Winter

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50 responses

  1. Hopefully some of the winter that we’ve been experiencing will find it’s way to you!

    January 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

  2. Cรฉline

    The winter plays on us tricks this year… At my home, it was beautiful in December with some beautiful snow and the hoarfrost but now, it’s raining and the temperatures are soft.
    And these herons then, what do they think about it?!
    In any case, amazing photo! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    • It’s a strange winter indeed! But I suspect the herons prefer this mild weather. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Cรฉline!

      January 13, 2014 at 8:49 PM

  3. cool!

    January 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

  4. Looks like someone is snuggling into their luxurious winter coat, and tucking one foot in to keep warm ๐Ÿ™‚
    Perfect photo op!

    January 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    • It was too cold to keep both feet on the ground ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Delft!

      January 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

  5. It may be a year old…..but still a lovely shot.

    January 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

  6. I like that photo. Both on one foot makes it a lot more interesting. I certainly agree with you that snow makes the scene a lot nicer. We have a real winter.

    January 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    • Thanks Lyle! There were lots of herons around that day and all of them stood on one foot, probably because it was very cold that day, but then why were they standing on the ice? I’m jealous, send some winter this way!

      January 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      • There’s no explaining strange behaviour or transferring weather across the ocean. But I’m working on it:)

        January 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

  7. I’d send you some of ours if I could. We’re finally thawing.

    January 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    • And here it keeps pouring! I hope it changes soon, I really miss the snow.

      January 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

  8. Ed

    Herons on ice, sounds like a club drink. Excellent shot..:-)

    January 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM

  9. Excellent!

    January 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

  10. Very nice capture! Our mountains finally got enough snow last week for the local ski hill to open (much later than usual) . I hope the Snow Fairy arrives in your neighborhood soon.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    January 13, 2014 at 11:53 PM

  11. What a remarkable duo!!! Stoic and resolute – able to embrace all kinds of weather. We have plenty of rain on our side of the world. Eastern Canada had blizzard conditions last week!!!

    January 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    • Thanks Rebecca! The weather this season is a bit extreme in both directions!!

      January 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

  12. Your winter will come, not to worry. Such a beautiful photograph – nature gives you the most amazing instances for shooting. You are always in the most perfect spot!

    January 14, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    • Thanks so much, Mary! I appreciate your kind comments a lot!

      January 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

  13. The Herons are probably pretty happy about that! Wonderful capture, I love these birds!

    January 14, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    • Thanks Susan! Yes, I think they prefer the mild winters.. But photography-wise they look better on ice than in the pouring rain ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

  14. Are you sure you want a “regular winter?” Very nice capture of the disconted and very cold looking birds.

    January 14, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    • Thanks Yvonne! Yes, I’m sure!! I love the cold and snow!

      January 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

  15. I love herons and love this amazing shot. I can never figure out when herons will roost in the trees and when they will remain in the open in situations like this when they are not actively fishing. I am on your side of the Atlantic for a few days, so I am happy that the weather hasn’t been bad enough to impede my travel, though I wouldn’t complain if we got a little snow.

    January 14, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    • Thanks Mike! What’s on a heron’s mind? Why did they insist on standing on the ice when it was so cold they had to alter legs every few minutes? It didn’t look like they enjoyed it.. Are you in Brussels again? Happy travel!

      January 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

  16. Night herons, right?
    I always wonder how birds manage to stand in freezing water for so long when I’m in favour of hibernating.

    January 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    • No, these are Grey herons, the most common heron here in Amsterdam! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 15, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      • Thanks. When I saw the picture on my mobile phone, I couldn’t see that they just had their necks retracted.
        I usually can’t get close to my local grey herons!

        January 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

  17. Sweet as a Picture

    Sorry you don’t have the type of winter that you want, but at least you have some good memories from last year. I like this photo. I like the birds. ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 14, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    • Thanks Dolce! Winter’s not over yet, I still have hopes for some snow.. Hopefully before April/May! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      • Sweet as a Picture

        Oh, I believe you’ll still get more snow. You’re right, winter isn’t over, yet! When I said you have good memories, I meant that you have good memories from the previous year, while you are waiting this winter. Anytime we get some snow here, I’ll be happy to send it to you. I’m using all my powers of concentration to do so. ๐Ÿ™‚

        January 16, 2014 at 2:47 AM

  18. Just lots of gray and rain here in North Carolina, too. So depressing! Hope you see some snow soon.

    January 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    • Thanks Janet! You too (if that’s what you want ;))

      January 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

  19. Seems like the climate throughout the world is out of balance.

    January 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    • Indeed! Almost every day there are reports about snow blizzards and extreme cold in other parts of the world where it’s normally quite mild, and here it hasn’t been below 0’C the whole season.

      January 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

  20. So beautiful!

    January 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

  21. That’s a cracking shot! Superb clarity. They look about as grumpy as most people feel this winter.

    January 18, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    • Thanks so much, Rachael! I think these herons always look a bit grumpy, but especially when it’s raining or snowing on them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

  22. Oh yes, Camilla, I understand perfectly how you feel (we’re having the same Winter, of course). I love warmth and I don’t mind the rain but it’s murder for the photo’s. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Though I have to say : these herons don’t seem to like a real Winter at all. Lovely picture.

    January 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    • Thanks Patricia! I do hope we get some snow soon! Never mind the herons, they always look grumpy anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

  23. Very nice Grey Heron shot, Camilla!
    Unlike you, weatherwise we have had our fair share of cold, snow, ice and frost in our neck of the woods so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 20, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    • Thanks a lot, Stefano! ๐Ÿ™‚ According to today’s weather forecast we might get some snow over here this weekend *fingers crossed*

      January 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

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